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Amid heavy security, pope visits C. African Republic mosque

Nicole Winfield and Krista Larson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 30th - 5:40am

Pope Francis ventured into the volatile Muslim enclave of Central African Republic's capital on Monday and brought his message of reconciliation to the city's main mosque, insisting that Christians and Muslims have long lived peacefully together here and that religion can never justify violence.

The Latest: Pope Francis wraps up Africa trip

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 30th - 5:00am

The latest on Pope Francis' first trip to Africa. (All times local.)

Trump scraps endorsement event after black pastors object

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 29th - 10:20pm

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has cancelled a press conference in which his campaign said he would be endorsed by as many as 100 black evangelical religious leaders. Many of those invited to the event say they had no intention of endorsing the billionaire businessman and former reality television star.

The Latest: Pope welcomed to Central African Republic

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 29th - 10:22am

The latest on Pope Francis' first trip to Africa. (All times local.)

Egypt's Coptic Orthodox leader makes rare Israeli visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 28th - 9:12am

The leader of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church is making a rare visit to Israel to attend the funeral of a senior Coptic official in Jerusalem.

The Latest: 150,000 youths attend Pope's rally in Kampala

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 28th - 6:31am

The latest on Pope Francis' first trip to Africa. (All times local.)

In Uganda, pope honors Christian martyrs, meets youth

Nicole Winfield and Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 8:00pm

Pope Francis is paying his respects to 19th century Ugandan Christians who were burnt alive rather than renounce their faith, the latest group of martyrs from around the world honored by Francis in hopes of giving today's faithful missionary role models.

Affiliate of IS group claims Bangladesh Shiite mosque attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 2:20am

An Islamic State group affiliate in Bangladesh said Friday it was behind an attack on a Shiite mosque in the country's north that killed one man and wounded three others.

Gunmen attack Shiite mosque, kill 1 in Bangladesh

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 9:00pm

Gunmen opened fire on Shiite Muslim devotees during evening prayers at a mosque in northern Bangladesh, killing one person and leaving three others injured, police said.

El Salvadoran church suspends priest in sex abuse case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 8:50pm

El Salvador's Roman Catholic Church announced Thursday it has suspended a well-known priest, saying he acknowledged sexually abusing a young girl.

Pope presses case for adequate, dignified housing in Nairobi

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 8:50pm

Pope Francis is visiting a slum on Nairobi's northwestern edge to press his call for adequate and dignified housing for society's most marginal, especially in burgeoning megacities like the Kenyan capital.

Muslim students seek permanent prayer space at Iowa colleges

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 30th - 8:50am

Muslim students at Iowa's three public universities are seeking permanent spaces for daily and weekly religious observances.

King tells Sephardic Jews Spain has missed them

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 30th - 8:50am

Spanish King Felipe VI has presided over a ceremony welcoming a new citizenship law for descendants of Sephardic Jews expelled five centuries ago, saying Spain had missed them.

Vatican leaks trial delayed for a week at defense request

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 30th - 4:52am

A Vatican judge on Monday granted more time for the defense to prepare for a trial over the leak of confidential documents that has put a Spanish monsignor, a pair of Italian journalists and two others in the dock.

EXCHANGE: Chaplains offer support to terminally ill

Jerrilyn Zavada(ottawa) Times, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 29th - 8:30am

For those who have a terminal illness, hospice care can be a spiritual lifesaver.

Journey to sainthood begins with simple step for priest

Patti Mengers, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 28th - 9:00am

While Archbishop Charles Chaput was preparing for the Philadelphia visit of Pope Francis two months ago, he took time to give his blessing to a mission that may make a deceased Delaware County man a saint.

Russians open coffin of next-to-last czar to collect DNA

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 9:50am

Investigators have opened the coffin of Russia's next-to-last czar to obtain genetic material from his remains and say it was not tampered with in Soviet times.

Prosecutors seek 580 years for kidnapper of 2 NY Amish girls

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 8:51am

Federal prosecutors are seeking a maximum 580-year prison sentence for a man who sexually abused six children, including two Amish girls he kidnapped in northern New York.

Head of inquiry into sex abuse outlines scope of probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 4:50am

The head of a British inquiry into child sex abuse says the Anglican and Catholic churches will be among the institutions investigated in the wide-ranging probe.

Catholic Diocese in Utah investigating 'bleeding host'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 1:10am

The Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City is investigating after a communion wafer turned red in water, an event known as a "bleeding host" considered miraculous by some.